Applied Clinical Gynecology

“What I really liked about your course was that is was very thoroughly done. You covered a lot of new material for us, especially explaining the four-phase cycle theory and how to treat the patient according to this theory, but you also explained the history of the theory. I was very happy with the way you explained the menstrual cycle really well and kept going over it and reexplaining it. The notes are well set out and easy to follow. Your course has given me confidence in myself that I have a better understanding of gynecology and how to treat my patients. Thanks Markov! – J. B., Macleod, Australia”

” I would like to thank you for a most informative course in gynecology, even though we covered it in some detail, your presentation made the subject completely clinically relevant and as I was fortunate enough to be in the Gynae ward the following week I was able to take full advantage of your info and to be completely involved. The micro management of the cycle with different formulae was the most interesting part for me. You have given me an interest in gynecology I didn’t expect to acquire. My patients are all going to get BBT charts to do! – S.A., Victoria, Australia

What is this workshop about?

For those who have already worked on gynecology patients at the student clinic, you will understand how broad the scope of Chinese medicine gynecology is. You will need to know and understand the Western medicines the patients are on, the imaging and lab tests they have done. You will need to employ both the use of acupuncture and herbs to treat the pattern you have diagnosed. You will need to understand the woman’s cycle, both in terms of the complex hormonal changes as well as these changes as understood in terms of Yin and Yang, Five Elements or the Zang-fu Method of Diagnosis/Treatment.

This workshop is about equipping soon-to-be practitioners with skills specific to treating diseases of gynecology using an integrative approach as practised in Nanjing. We will be covering only theory that is useful to clinical practice. For sure, we will not waste time running you through yet another wholesale repetition of a disease and its various patterns; many of you have already gone through enough of this in great detail during your recent years of training.

Who is Eligible?

This is a workshop specifically designed for students who are about to graduate and start working as Chinese medicine practitioners. It will cater to the following groups of students:

  • Recent graduates from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM)
  • Final year students of the RMIT degree program in Chinese Medicine and Human Biology.

You will already be doing observation rounds in the Hospitals of Nanjing. By attending this workshop, your understanding of herbal formulation as well as treatment strategies will be further enhanced. This workshop is invaluable to those interested in really applying Chinese medicine to diseases of gynecology in your future practice.

This workshop has a huge slant toward the use of herbs, so participants are expected to already know their herbs well. We will also be using quite a bit of medical terminology, so some level of familiarity with Western gynecology would be appreciated too.

What content will be covered?

  1. The woman’s cycle, effective use of BBTs in diagnostics
  2. The use of Chinese herbs to regulate the cycle; textbook theories and clinical practice
  3. Ovulation and strategies for promoting ovulation
  4. Understanding how to use the hormone panel and other lab tests
  5. Common gynecological diseases that you will see in the clinic and treatment strategies
  6. Patient intake, not focusing just on the yin and yang, but zooming in on relevant questions.
  7. Understanding where Chinese medicine and acupuncture can be useful in diagnosis, and where Western medicine diagnostics are crucial.
  8. Treating the disease vs treating the pattern, and how to do both in this day and age.

When is it?

The next one will be conducted in late September 2014. It will comprise 3 sessions over 3 days, each session lasting 90 minutes.

Who will be teaching?

Mark Chern will be teaching this workshop. Mark Chern (Singapore) is a practitioner of Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine. He also teaches at the annual American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine Fellowship in China. He will be making many theoretical concepts relevant to clinical practice.

What else will I get from this workshop?

Apart from the invaluable practical knowledge you will receive, you will also get a certificate for having taken this course. More than that, you will get a signed letter elaborating on the topics covered and what you have learned.

What is the investment?

This adds up to a total of A$400 for the three evenings.

Those who are really interested in practising TCM Gynecology are going to understand how valuable this investment is. Those who sign up will be given 2 assignments to do even before the workshop begins. You WILL leave the course feeling more confident in handling gynecological conditions, especially as it relates to fertility and reproductive disorders.

I am interested, what do I do next?

Please fill up the APPLICATION FORM and hit SUBMIT at the bottom of the page. Upon receiving your application, we will proceed to give you detailed instructions on how to pay.

Application is limited to 4 people only. Any more will make the workshop too crowded. Once we get 4 applications, we will close subscriptions.

Advanced Oriental Reproductive Medicine Fellowship – Training Program in China.


The Advanced Oriental Reproductive Medicine Fellowship will be an intensive one week of observations, lectures and discussions. This Fellowship is the only advanced education course offered by us. It is created for Chinese Medicine Reproductive Specialists who already possess all the basics in reproductive medicine and are experienced practitioners. As such, it is exclusive to members of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine ( and members of Clinical Excellence in Fertility Professionals ( The 4th Fellowship Training Program will be in May 2015. Read on and write in if you are interested.

“The Fellowship in Nanjing is an intensive submersion into how Chinese Medicine, with a specific focus on reproductive health & fertility, as practiced in its home country. In daily clinic sessions it is not unheard of to see 60 or more patients per shift.”

Participants will observe the combined use of Western and Chinese medicine to treat both male and female infertility. The aim of the course is not only for participants to have the clinical experience of observing famous Chinese medicine doctors from the best gynecology hospitals in Nanjing, but also be part of a select group to learn more and discuss about how these doctors run their practice.

“There is nothing to replace the experience of being there-the sights, sounds, smells, the information! It will take your practice to a whole new level. There are things I saw and hear that I could only have seen and heard because I was in China.”

“The lecture and case discussion sessions were a valuable addition to the clinic observation. These sessions truly made it possible to decoct and extract the most valuable information from the observation sessions.”

“The doctors that were selected are some of the best in the field of Reproductive Medicine/Gynecology so it was very focused on what we see in our daily practices. Clinically, it was incredible to see the way the different doctors created herbal formulas and their theories on how to treat infertility were much more diverse than what we learn here in the States. TCM doctors in China are able to prescribe Western medications as well as herbs so it was invaluable to see how the two were used hand in hand. I learned a lot that I have already started applying in my practice.”

To find out more, or to register, follow the arrows below.

Mastering Herbal Formulation

How does one put together a herbal formula?

Many of you who read this will already have gone through much material regarding the expansive pharmacopoeia utilized in Chinese Medicine. Many would also find familiar the core set of formulas laid out in TCM textbooks.

“markov, thanx a lot for the great lectures you gave if us last term, they totally gave a new approach to herbs and formulas, also to think out of the box when it gets to deal with individual herbs in/out a formula.. please let me know when you’ll be back in town to have other sessions
kind regards and loads of gratitude.”

Click  to watch our snippet from “FOCUS ON TCM GASTROENTEROLOGY”

And if you are interested, check out (click) our FOCUS ON TCM GASTROENTEROLOGY course.

In our opinion, the more you see, the more flexible you become with the use of herbs in a formula. Most people are stuck to the main formulas and find it difficult to move away from it. Our aim is to help you encounter different possibilities using a comparative approach to learning. This will help you to set up a system for learning that is systematic and directed. What you catch will ultimately be yours. Together we will go through various case studies within each disease category, and in the process learn how herbal formulation it is done outside of the classroom.

A systematic means to mastering the art…

It is important that the classics are included in the course material. Classics allow you to understand the historical roots of a modern herbal prescription. That said, we want to give you more. We want to share with you a straightforward approach to creating empirical formulas that have clinical relevance. This hands-on approach can be immediately applied to your practice.

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Short Term Courses in Acupuncture/Tuina


How is Chinese style acupuncture different than how it is done where you are?

Many who come to learn and observe are amazed at how the clinical experience is interpreted here. It is at once efficient and social. Some then decide to bring back and set up such a system back home.

Come and learn how acupuncture is practiced in China. It is recommended you come for at least one month, but some people stay on for a couple of months. Leave us a note telling us what you want to learn and we will put together a suggested schedule for you.


Tuina is the ancient art of Chinese body work. Pediatric massage forms a component of Tuina and is a natural form of treating pediatric illnesses like fever, stomachache, respiratory issues. Much of the focus is on stimulating the body so that its own immune system is better regulated.

We can help you arrange observations with one teacher or with a few. Drop us a note and tell us what you would like to learn!

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Channel Palpation – Dr. Wang Ju-Yi

Those still interested in attending Channel Palpation workshops with Dr. Wang Ju-Yu can contact us on email. We no longer travel to Beijing to conduct that workshop and observations with other doctors. You also contact Richard Blitstein (click on his name) for related info on learning Channel Palpation.

Group Photo with Dr. Wang
Palpating the lower extremities
Working on the Du Channel

Outside of time with Dr. Wang Ju-yi learning from him about his form of Classical Acupuncture as well as the method of Channel Palpation, we also take time to visit Beijing City Hospital to understand how they integrate acupuncture into their treatment of patients.

Conference on modern use of acupuncture, Beijing City Hospital
Dr. Hu explaining the use of their fire needle

We also visit two other places to learn herbal medicine and tuina at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine Affiliated Clinic.

In front of Dr. Zhang’s local clinic
TMJ manipulation